How to share a playlist on Apple Music

Chris Walk

Sharing playlists is a great way to introduce friends to your favorite music. It’s easy on Apple Music, although sometimes you may have problems. We’ll show you how to share your playlist, and what to do if you don’t see the option.

Related: What is Apple Music and how does it work?

How to share Apple Music playlists

Sharing Apple Music playlists is a little different between mobile devices and computers, so we’ve got the steps for each one below.

It’s important to note that anyone you share the playlist with will also need an Apple Music subscription to listen to the shared playlist. If they are using Spotify instead, you can follow our guide to transfer the playlist to Spotify and share the playlist in this way.

It is possible that when you follow our instructions you will not see the Share Playlist button. This most likely means that you haven’t set up an Apple Music profile, and we have a fix for that below.

Share playlists on iPhone and iPad

To share a playlist from your mobile device, open the Apple Music app, tap the Library icon at the bottom of the screen, then select Playlists.

Choose the playlist you want to share, then tap on it. Here, tap on the three-dot icon at the top of the screen. In the popup, select Share Playlist.

Share Apple Music playlist on iPhone

A share sheet will appear with different options for sharing your playlist. Click Copy for a link to the playlist, or select from among the various apps available to share via text message, email, or another messaging app.

Share Sheet for Apple Music Playlist on iPhone

Share Apple Music playlists on Mac and PC

Open the Apple Music app on macOS or the iTunes app on Windows. Once the app is open, find and open the playlist you want to share.

Tap the three-dot icon on the right side, right above the songs in the playlist.

Click on the Share option, then choose from the available options to copy the link or share it via Messages, Mail, or any other app.

Share an Apple Music playlist

Related: How to Transfer Apple Music Playlists to Spotify

Can’t share your Apple Music playlists? here why

Sharing playlists is a simple process. Choose a playlist, select the share button, that’s basically it. But that share button doesn’t always seem to be where you wanted it to be.

There is usually only one reason why this happens: you haven’t created an Apple Music profile. Until you have an Apple Music profile, you won’t be able to share any of your playlists with anyone.

Another reason you can’t share playlists is if you haven’t integrated your local music library with Apple’s cloud music library. This is only a problem if you use Apple Music with your music library.

For this second issue, either select “Merge Library” when prompted on your computer, or choose “On” under “Sync Library is disabled” on your iPhone or iPad. However, for most people, the problem will be that you don’t have an Apple Music profile yet.

How to create an Apple Music profile

Creating an Apple Music profile is a simple and easy process, but the steps differ depending on whether or not you are creating the profile on a mobile device.

It is worth noting that in order to create a profile, you will need to subscribe to Apple Music.

Create an Apple Music Profile on iPhone and iPad

Open the Apple Music app on your iPhone or iPad, then tap the Listen Now tab at the bottom left of the screen. Now tap on the icon on the top right of this screen.

If you have already set up an Apple Music profile, you will see it here. Assuming you haven’t already set up an Apple Music profile, you’ll see a prompt here titled “Set Up Profile”. Click on it to continue.

Find the prompt to set up Apple Music profile on iPhone

From here, the app will guide you through the rest of the profile creation process. You’ll choose a username, help others find you (assuming you want them), and keep track of your friends.

Once this process is complete, you will be ready to share playlists. We’ve got the steps for more details in the article.

Create an Apple Music profile on your Mac or PC

Creating an Apple Music profile on a Mac is similar to creating one on an iPhone. To get started, launch the Apple Music app. If you’re on Windows, open the iTunes app, select Music from the menu in the top left, then select For You.

In either app, select Listen Now in the menu on the left, then in the top right of the main window, select the My Account icon, which will display either your photo or your initials.

Now create the start button. As with the mobile device, the app will guide you through the rest of the process.

Prompt to set up an Apple Music profile on macOS

If lyrics are as important as music to you, take a look at our guide to sharing lyrics from Apple Music.

Related: How to share lyrics from Apple Music on iPhone or iPad

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